preach Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “preach” in the English Dictionary

"preach" in British English

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uk   us   /priːtʃ/

preach verb (IN CHURCH)

[I or T] (​especially of a ​priest or minister in a ​church) to give a ​religiousspeech: Father Martin preached to the ​assembledmourners. During the ​sermon, he preached about the need for ​forgiveness.

preach verb (PERSUADE)

[T] to ​try to ​persuade other ​people to ​believe in a ​particularbelief or ​follow a ​particular way of ​life: They preach the ​abolition of ​establishedsystems but ​propose nothing to ​replace them.

preach verb (ADVISE)

[I] disapproving to give ​unwantedadvice, ​especially about ​moralmatters, in a ​boring way: He's such a ​pain - he's always preaching about the ​virtues of ​working hard and getting up early. My mother's always preaching at/to me aboutkeeping my ​roomtidy.
(Definition of preach from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"preach" in American English

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preachverb [I/T]

 us   /pritʃ/

preach verb [I/T] (SPEAK IN CHURCH)

to give a ​religiousspeech: [T] The ​minister preached a ​sermon on the need for ​forgiveness.

preach verb [I/T] (PERSUADE)

to ​try to ​persuade other ​people to do or ​accept something: [T] Should Liddy be ​allowed to preach ​hatred? To preach is also to ​try to ​persuade other ​people to have ​particularbeliefs or ​behave in ​particularways: [I] My mother’s always preaching at me about ​studyingharder.
(Definition of preach from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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